I really like the look of his silversides. I bet they are slayers on the water.
I had almost forgotten about silversides. I don't know how many times I have been out on the boat, looked down and seen them flashing in the water below me.
working on another fly now but will have to wait for parts (don't ask) in the mail. will post a how to when all is finished. micro baits are a big part of what is here in the spring. i am gonna target weakies more aggressively this season.
You busted your vise too?
I don't feel so alone.
I actually got the Nor-vise owner on the phone last week. He helped me troubleshoot everything, and I ordered a new set of jaws for my vise.
Now Its like crack, I cant stop tying I love it so much.
When I first got it I was frustrated to no end, but now with a little experience, those frustrations are the things I like the best.
I upgraded to a Cam lock Jaw (I had quite an old version), and like the fact that I can pop a fly in, rotate it all around and the fly stays horizontal. It rotates smoothly, and easily.
I tie on my tinsel, fibers or whatever, set my automatic bobbin off to the side and spin the jaws to apply material.
I find this makes more even spirals, the material doesn't slip out of my fingers, and I don't need to fuss with passing materials up and over the hook etc. I also don't need to use an extra hand or try to mess with levers to rotate my fly.
When putting on eyes... its a dream. Just flip the fly over.
There are no levers, or knobs to mess with when you want to rotate your fly. Just a pul and spin.
The automatic bobbins are nice because you don't need to re-spool extra thread when you get it pulled. The spool is spring loaded so it recoils like a window blind, but can easily pulled out to a stopping point (with practice you can feel the spot)
My flies now look much better, and cause much less frustration on the vise.
You tube has a bunch of NorVise videos, I think their website does too.
I emailed them to become a dealer, but still waiting on the return. I don't think they wholesale anything. Where Mr. Norlander makes them and services them himself, I belive its a one family operation.
if i had the time and money i would go hog wild but i have little time to tie and fish as well. my time in the water and on the vice is for ideas of new patterns as i have what i (believe) i need to be prepared here. i wanted to get you some small patterns but too busy yet. will do though and btw i cast the tinker fly and it holds up nicely and swims very good, impressed with your tying and i give them a 2 thumbs up. of course there were no fish to be had when i tested em but in july august sept when the peanut bunker and mullet become thick i shall get a pic (*if not sooner as i sometimes can slaughter a fly with a bluefish but that would not be my idea of a good catch)
btw i cast the tinker fly and it holds up nicely and swims very good, impressed with your tying and i give them a 2 thumbs up.
I like them, I have to work a little when throwing them on a 9wt, but once they get wet they seem to do better.
One of the things I always look for when trying a new fly is, does it look like what I want in the water?
Thanks for your kind words. The pogies and Macks Just hit Maine and the Stripers are ignoring pretty much anything that isn't a pogie this week. Next week I'm hoping they will be chasing more Macks and I will be hitting more with the tinker flies.
tied on a 5 in mac pattern and cast into schools of bunker and they didn;t want the fly, just the live bait. strip snagged a couple of bunker and every fish was a bluefish that cut em in half. i snagged 3rd one with the fly and a bass took off like a bat out of hell with it just to have the hook dislodge along the way. i stayed and got 7 more bunker for bait and chunked for 6 bluefish and not one bass came for the heads (all bluefish) the water was a cesspool of algae and whatnot so i took waders off and chunked bait. i wish i had time to fish my ass off